A few weeks ago we went to NYC for a long weekend. It has been a long time since we had been to NYC so we were quite excited to try several places we hadn’t tried yet. Some friends of our from Boston, met us in the city. One of our friends is obsessed with fried chicken and when he heard that David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar offered a fried chicken dinner he was sure we got reservations. This meal is only offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday with limited seating times early in the evening and late at night. I believe this is to avoid large groups taking up seating during prime seating times. We had a 11:45pm reservation so we only had a couple of appetizers earlier in the evening in anticipation of the chicken dinner. We had a group of 8 so there were enough people to take care of the chicken.
Since our introduction to Korean food at Buk Kyung II in Allston we have wanted to try more. A friend of ours suggested that we meet her and her husband at Wu Chon House in Union Square, Somerville. It is a very nice, large space on the inside which I wasn’t expecting as the outside façade is quite plain.
Again, the meal started with a variety of condiments, panchan. We got Kimchi, some pickled bean sprouts, and pickled soy nuts. But, then we also received a few items which didn’t seem too authentic such as potato salad and steamed broccoli with a thousand island dressing. We started with the vegetarian scallion pancake. It was quite a bit thicker than other scallion pancakes I have experienced but very satisfying with lots of scallions and red bell peppers.
Our NRT gathering for October was at Buk Kyung II in Allston. The space is simple and surprisingly big with pictures of what seem to Korean celebrities.
I am not very familiar with Korean food so was looking forward to trying some staples. Before the main dishes arrived they bought us a sampling of 6 different condiments which could be eaten as is or with your meal. One of which was Kimchi, a spicy pickled vegetable (typically cabbage). There were a few other pickled items and a salty sauce as well. I am not a big fan of vinegar flavors therefore none of these had a particular appeal to me but the rest of the group was enjoying.